DVD REVIEW: DUCKMAN – THE COMPLETE SERIES SEASONS 1-4

  Duckman is a cartoon schlub who isn’t your average duck. Or man. He’s a funny, angry and crude cat who is a single Dad and rubbish private investigator who is routinely saved by his loyal sidekick. Duckman is no superhero but he certainly has a smart and irreverent take on the world and walks to…

BOOK REVIEW: BETOOTA’S AUSTRALIA

  When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all about this so they’ve written Betoota’s Australia – A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australia’s Oldest Newspaper (although in truth, it’s actually by…

FILM REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE 2015 PRESENTED BY THE ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND

  The Actors Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, charitable organisation who has been providing financial and practical assistance to professional performers since 1944. They support individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury or disability. This charity recently held a fundraising night at Dendy Opera Quays where they screened a recording of the 2015…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: BOWFINGER

  Bowfinger is a film where one man’s silly idea actually pays dividends. It’s a comedy written by and starring Steve Martin and is about a wannabe Hollywood producer who goes to some extreme lengths to create his magnum opus. What ensues is a wild and often funny ride through the glitz, glamour and gaucheness of…

THEATRE REVIEW: TALK @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (UNTIL 20 MAY)

  Talk is a play that feels like Frontline version 2.0. It’s a satirical look at the modern state of journalism, a place that has seen many experienced reporters lose their jobs while amateurs and citizen journalists have risen up. This Sydney Theatre Company production is a searing indictment on the current media climate as…

DVD REVIEW: THE HECKLER

  The Heckler is an Australian film that is not just a comedy but one that’s also about the genre, or stand-up in particular. It’s a body swap film that is a bit like Freaky Friday meets Ghost. It’s a low-budget satire that fills some rather large shoes by managing to stand-out from most other comedy…

DVD REVIEW: THE EX-PM

  In the TV series, The Ex-PM  the show’s writer, creator and star, Shaun Micallef is playing quite a subtle and straight, former Prime Minister of Australia. But the show itself seems to try too hard to make the audience laugh. The result is a program that feels too uneven, forced and stilted to have…

DVD REVIEW: LISTEN UP PHILIP

  We all know someone like the main character in Listen Up Philip. The star is a self-absorbed egoist who is trying at the best of times. So to dedicate an entire film to him and his exploits can make for uncomfortable and tedious viewing to say the least. This story is also a plainly…

BOOK REVIEW: MARGARET ATWOOD – THE HEART GOES LAST

  Margaret Atwood is no stranger to writing, as this talented Canadian author has won the Booker Prize and been shortlisted for countless others. She has written over 40 novels but I am a stranger to her work and The Heart Goes Last is my first introduction to this prolific writer. The book was excellent…

DVD REVIEW: GEMMA BOVERY

The film, Gemma Bovery tackles the question of whether life can imitate art. Or at least whether some characters in a story can have similar experiences to their literary namesakes. This French and English film has some good moments but for the most part it feels too uneven and unfocused to really cut through. The…

FILM REVIEW: THE FOXY MERKINS

  The two main characters in The Foxy Merkins are not foxy ladies in the Jimi Hendrix sense. Smart? Yes. Sassy? Sure. But smouldering, not so much. The film is in fact, a fictional comedy based on the misadventures of two homeless, lesbian hookers. The film was directed by Madeleine Olnek who doubles as a…